Preserving Peppers

Cukes may be classics when we think of making a batch of pickles, but they can’t beat peppers for ease and versatility in preserving. Small, thin-walled peppers dry easily and look beautiful hanging in your kitchen, while juicy poblanos, long hots, or jalapenos are great roasted and almost any pepper keeps perfectly in the freezer. Here are a few methods that will allow you to hang onto summer’s heat.

Dry: Run a needle and heavyweight thread (or fishing line) through the pepper stems, and then create a small loop to hold each pepper in place. Space peppers about 1” cm apart and then hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. When peppers feel totally dry and leathery, snip them from the thread and store in a sealed jar or container to protect them from dust and humidity.

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